International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 07 May 2023 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Europe and the World from the end of the 19th Century to 1945.


women in the twentieth century

S6 4 period


15 lessons

1.  Factors for the Growth of Women’s Suffrage.


2.  The Differing and Changing Status of Women.


3.  The Extent of Change and Liberation.

·    Why did women get the vote at different times in Europe?

·    What was the role of the women’s movements, war and the political powers in getting women the vote?

·    How did the lives of women differ under communism, fascism and democracy?

·    Did the vote mean emancipation? Why was there a women’s movement in the 1960s and 70s?

·    How far did the role of women in the workplace, politics and education change up to the present day?


Key Words

Suffrage, Emancipation,  Discrimination, Suffragettes, Suffragists, Feminism, Women’s Liberation Movements, Gender equality, Contraception, Abortion, Glass Ceiling.


Possible Reference Points

World War One 1914-1918, World War Two 1939-45. UN Commission on Status of Women (1946), Simone de Beauvoir ‘The Second Sex’ (1949), Betty Friedan  ‘The Feminine Mystique’ (1963), Women’s suffrage dates– E.g. Finland (1906), Norway (1913), Russia (1918), Poland (1918), Britain (1918/28), Germany (1919), Spain (1931), France (1944), Italy (1945), Portugal (1931/74), Switzerland (1971), Liechtenstein (1984)

Syllabus Links

Europe 2 Europe 3 6.4A · 6.4B • 6.4F


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